Keto Sloppy Joes Recipe
This Keto Sloppy Joes recipe is an easy low-carb dinner perfect to fill your favorite keto burger buns for only 3 grams of net carbs per serving.
Sloppy Joes are an American favorite dinner recipe that my kids love. But, unfortunately, all sloppy joes filling recipes contain added sugar from ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar.
Here’s a way to make Keto Sloppy Joe using wholesome ingredients and packed with flavors.
How To Make Keto Sloppy Joes
First, if you need some keto hamburger buns, you can use my bun recipe or buy some from the store. For this recipe, I used store-bought low-carb keto buns made from lupin flour, and they are very light and fluffy, similar to regular bread, but only 2 grams net carb per buns.
The Sloppy Joes mix is the most important part of cutting down sugar in this recipe. You will love that it takes only 20 minutes to prepare for a quick low-carb dinner.
- Ground Beef – You can also use other ground meat if you like pork, turkey, or chicken more, go for it.
- Sugar-Free Ketchup – I am using a keto-friendly ketchup that is naturally sweetened with vegetables and no added sugar.
- Yellow Mustard
- Avocado Oil or olive oil
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Water to thin out the sauce.
- Brown Sugar-Free Crystal Sweetener like brown erythritol. This is optional, especially if your sugar-free ketchup is already sweet, you can leave it out.
- Tomato Paste
- Apple Cider Vinegar or white vinegar
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a non-stick skillet, warm avocado oil over medium heat, then add diced onion. Stir and cook for about 1 minute or until translucent and fragrant.
- Stir in ground beef, break the meat into pieces using a wooden spoon, and cook, and stir until all the meat is no longer pink.
- Then, to make the sloppy joe sauce, add sugar-free ketchup, yellow mustard, tomato paste, spices, and water. Stir to coat the cooked meat, and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sauce is shiny and thick, and coat the meat evenly.
If too thick, add a splash of more water to thin out.
- Taste and adjust with salt and pepper or a pinch of chili powder if you like it spicy.
You can also serve this keto sloppy joe in lettuce wraps to avoid the buns, and add any of your favorite grated cheese on top like cheddar or Emmental.
The best vegetables to add to your low-carb sloppy joe recipe are:
- Shredded red cabbage
- Slices of gherkins
- Slices of English cucumber
- Bell peppers
The best low-carb side dishes to sloppy joe are roasted vegetables or keto protein chips.
This sloppy joes recipe is perfect to meal prep a week of low-carb dinner. You can double or triple the recipe and store the sloppy joes mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
You can also freeze the filling in freezer bags for up to one month. Thaw in the fridge the day before. Rewarm the filling in a microwave-safe bowl or in a non-stick saucepan.
Below are some options to substitute ingredients in the sloppy joes mixture if you need them.
- Gluten-Free – Make sure you use gluten-free keto burger buns. The remaining ingredients in this low-carb sloppy joes filling are gluten-free.
- Beef – You can also use ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground pork.
- Sweetener-Free – Skip the monk fruit sweetener and make sure you use a no-sweetener-added, naturally-sweetened ketchup.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are my answers to your most common questions about sloppy joes.
Yes, a regular sloppy Joe sauce is very high in added sugar because of the ingredients used in the sauce: ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. Plus, the burger bun of a classic sloppy joe recipe is made from wheat flour and, therefore, not low-carb.
You can serve the sloppy joe filling in lettuce leaves to make lettuce wraps or on top of mashed cauliflower. It’s also a delicious way to make casserole mixed with roasted cauliflower or roasted rutabagas.
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